Gareth Bale sends warning to Real Madrid: Sign Liverpool teenager this summer or Barcelona will - report
By Alex Stevens
Gareth Bale has advised Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Liverpool sensation Ben Woodburn, according to a report.
Spanish publication Diario Gol claim the Wales superstar has told Perez to move quickly for versatile forward Woodburn or risk losing out to bitter rivals Barcelona.
It is said that Bale regards his 17-year-old countryman as a star of the future and has even tipped him to be a possible successor to the mighty Cristiano Ronaldo.
#LFC: Gareth Bale has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to move quickly for Ben Woodburn or else Barcelona will swoop. (Diario Gol
— The30Duke (@DukeLFC) April 18, 2017
Diario Gol report that Real could sign Woodburn for just £850,000 this summer as he has a contract that expires in the summer of 2019.
Woodburn made a name for himself when he became Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the EFL Cup win over Leeds in November.
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The teenager has continued to be a regular member of the matchday squad and has made eight senior appearances in total, including a start in the Merseysiders’ recent 2-1 Premier League win at Stoke.
Woodburn was called up to the Wales senior squad during the March international break but did not make his debut.
He is a versatile forward who predominantly plays on the left flank but can also spearhead the attack and play on the right.
The Chester-born front man has impressed for Liverpool’s development squad this season, scoring six goals and supplying six assists in 13 matches in all competitions.
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